NW Mo. county’s website down after threats

MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — The website for a northwest Missouri county that’s facing criticism over the handling of a sexual assault case has been taken down because of security concerns.

The online activist group Anonymous on Monday released a statement criticizing the decision not to prosecute two 17-year-old boys. One boy was accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl during a January 2012 party and another was accused of recording it on his phone.

But charges were dropped. Prosecutors say the accusers refused to cooperate; the 14-year-old’s family disagrees.

Nodaway County Clerk Beth Walker says the county’s site was taken down Monday for safety.

The web hosting company, Midwest Data Center in Rock Port, said in a statement there were concerns the server would be overused and a risk the website would be defaced.

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